Disney’s Aulani Resort is Closed Indefinitely

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Disney’s Aulani Resort

Disney has temporarily shuttered its Hawaiian Aulani resort amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

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Aulani is now closed “until further notice”.

Disney Aulani Resort, on the island of Oahu, closed on Friday, March 27th. The shutdown will last indefinitely, “until further notice”.  Aulani was the last Disney resort in the world to close.

The decision to close was made out of “an abundance of caution and in the best interests” of its guests and staff, according to DIsney.

Hawaii is under a 14 day travel quarantine for all visitors to the islands.

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Disney’s Aulani Resort.  Our room on the 7th floor.

Aulani has 351 hotel rooms, plus 481 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas. The resort opened in August 2011 and was expanded in 2013.  Amenities include a Disney spa, fitness center, pools, waterslides and a kids’ clubhouse.

Reservations for guests who had booked hotel rooms from March 24 – 31st will automatically be canceled, according to the advisory. Change and cancellation fees will be waived through June 30th. Disney Vacation Club members with timeshare villa bookings will have their reservations automatically canceled. Points will be returned without the customary hold.

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All the rooms have fantastic views.

We were lucky to visit Aulani a little over a year ago and got to try all the restaurants onsite.

We can recommend two breakfast places at Disney’s Aulani Resort.  They are both very good!

#1: Breakfast at ‘Ama’Ama Restaurant at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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Inside the restaurant.  We had our choice of tables to sit at and admire the beach view.

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I love this!

We had 10am breakfast reservations at ‘Ama’Ama to celebrate Ian’s 30th birthday.

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Ian wearing his Happy Birthday button!  🙂

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Close up of how to say ‘Happy Birthday’ in Hawaiian!

Happy birthday, Ian!!!  ❤

‘Ama ‘Ama is named after a mullet fish native to Hawaii, also known as striped mullet. The restaurant itself is meant to look like a fishing shack from the 1890’s.

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Chilled POG juice!

For breakfast, you can choose from traditional breakfast favorites like eggs, waffles, bacon and pastries. Island specialties featuring fresh fish, local fruit, Portuguese sausage and other native ingredients are available daily.

All the online reviews said that breakfast was the best meal of the day served here.

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I had the ‘AMA’AMA Breakfast Sandwich. Delicious!

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My brother loved it!

THE DINING EXPERIENCE

Take in the enchanting sights of Ko Olina Beach as you dine at this open-air restaurant.

Style and Theme

The restaurant is named after the ‘AMA‘AMA, a local mullet fish—and it’s inspired by the fishing settlements along the leeward coast of O‘ahu that date back to the 12th century.

‘AMA‘AMA is designed to resemble a beachside house. Its spacious dining room features a thatched roof, mosaic designs, a fountain and a reflecting pool.

Location

‘AMA‘AMA is located beside the Waikolohe Valley pool area, just steps from the beach.

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Breakfast with an awesome view.

Breakfast Menu

Menu Date: June 2018

Breakfast is served 7am – 10:30am

Bakery “Gift of Bread”

Classic Flavors – Cinnamon Roll, Croissant, Apple Danish and Apple Fiber Multigrain Muffin, $11

Hawaiian Flavors – Guava Fan, Coconut Cream Pocket, Croissant, Orange-Macadamia Nut Muffin, $11

Entrees

‘AMA’AMA Breakfast Sandwich – Lobster claw, bacon, sunny side up egg, avocado, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce, truffle oil, served on a brioche bun, $23

Three Egg Omelet served with Aulani Potatoes – choice of:

— Kalua pig, spinach and tomatoes $21

— Seafood and herbs $25

Two Eggs any style – served with Aulani potatoes and choice of Chicken Sausage, Turkey Bacon, Bacon, or Portuguese Sausage, $19 — with a Grilled Sirloin Steak $29

Egg White Frittata – Farmer’s market vegetables, macadamia nut pesto and goat cheese, served with Aulani Potatoes, $19

Corned Beef Hash and Eggs – two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and Aulani Potatoes, $19

Traditional Loco Moco Breakfast – Hamburger patty on top of white rice, two eggs with onion gravy, $19

Japanese Breakfast – Broiled Island catch, poached egg, Miso Soup, Steamed Rice, Dried Seaweed, and Pickled Vegetables, $26

Belgian Waffle with apple-banana compote and Nutella cream, $17 — with vanilla ice cream $20

Cereal-Crusted French Toast with fresh berries and raspberry coulis, $17

Buttermilk Pancakes with macadamia nut-vanilla sauce, $17

Tropical Fruit Plate with honey yogurt, $16

Lox and Bagel with cream cheese, red onions, Kamuela tomatoes and capers, $19

Acai Bowl with berries, banana, granola, local island honey and mochi balls, $14

Steel Cut Oatmeal – $9 — with Fresh Berries, $14

Side Dishes

Whole Local Papaya $11

Sliced Pineapple $10

Pancakes (each) $7

Fried Rice $5

Hash Browns $5

Brown Rice $5

Chicken Sausage $7

Turkey Bacon $7

Bacon $7

Portuguese Sausage $7

Corned Beef Hash $9

Egg (each) $5

Featured Breakfast Cocktails

Mimosa – $11

Aulani’s Aloha Mary – $13

Hot Beverages

100% Kona Press Pot Coffee – $13

Honolulu Blend Hawaiian Coffee

Hawaiian blend Cappuccino

Hawaiian blend Espresso

Hawaiian blend Mocha

Hot Cocoa

Hot Tea

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Time for some shopping!

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Aulani Wishables.

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January 2020: New Aulani Wishable. She’s adorable!!!

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November 9, 2019: New Aulani merchandise has been released. So cute!

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Aloha!


Aulani spirit jersey, $70

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#2:  Mickey Mouse Character Breakfast at Aulani’s Makahiki Restaurant

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Meeting Mickey Mouse at Aulani!

On our second vacation day, we were able to score last minute breakfast reservations for two at Aulani’s Makahiki restaurant.

Reservations are actually difficult to get here year-round.  Make your dining reservations as soon as you book your hotel stay.

Aulani Tip:  This is the only place to meet Mickey and Minnie at the resort.

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Caroline’s breakfast: Mickey Waffles!  Yes, that’s POG juice!

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Mitch wanted to try the Eggs Benedict.  They were delicious!

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Minnie stopping by our table while we were eating. Our hair flowers match!  🙂

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We met Goofy too!

Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands

Start the day with a buffet breakfast, live entertainment, and visits with your favorite Disney Characters!

The Breakfast Menu

Enjoy a selection of family favorites, including pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, island fruits, traditional Asian offerings, house-baked pastries, daily specialties and a build-your-own omelet station.

Entertainment

Throughout your meal, enjoy enchanting experiences like:

Some of your favorite Disney Characters— dropping in for photos, fun interactions and a few very special surprises your family will never forget

Island-inspired touches, like a ukulele performance by Aunty

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Close-up of the restaurant’s signature Dolphin Banana. (See the goldfish in his “mouth”???)

Disney Character Breakfast:

Hours:  7:00 AM – 11:00AM

Price:  Adults $39.00, Keiki (Ages 3 to 9) $20.00

Review Date:  June 2018

Continental Breakfast Items

Fresh Fruit Juice, Sliced Island Fruits

Assorted Yogurts, Almond Granola

Breakfast Pastries, Bagels, English Muffins, Assorted Breads, Bread Pudding

Butter, Jam, Honey, Compotes

Western Entrees

Oatmeal with fresh berries

Scrambled Eggs, Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Fluffy Egg White and Vegetable Frittata

Grilled Mahi Mahi, Smoked Salmon

Pork Sausage, Pineapple-Glazed Ham, Chicken Sausage, Deli Meats and Cheese

Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Kalua Pork Hash, Portuguese Sausage

Aulani Potatoes, Hash Browns, Grits, Loco Moco

Pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French Toast

Chinese/Japanese Entrees

Fresh Fruit Juices, Soy Milk

Grilled and Seared Island Fish, Tamago

Soba Noodle Salad, Waipoli Field Greens

Miso Soup

Fried Rice, Steamed Rice

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Pickled Vegetables

Congee with condiments

Omelet Station

Made-to-Order Omelets

Keiki (Kids) Corner

Fruit, Yogurt, Granola, Breakfast Pastries

Mickey Waffles, Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Tater Tots

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Aulani’s Mickey and Minnie in their Hawaiian costumes.

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Character breakfast with Mickey…a chance to meet him without waiting in meet and greet lines!

Minnie Ears

Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both!

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. –  at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Visiting the Dole Plantation on Oahu

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

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Don’t forget to try the luau for dinner!

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Luau on the beach at sunset!

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Rainbow Hawaiian Ice from the Rainbow’s End Cafe!  Yum!!! Mitch had 2!

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Caroline’s pretty Aloha hat.

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I got a bunch of new pins on this trip! You can pin trade at the check-in counter.

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Aloha!

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Christian’s pin from Aulani looks like The Rock in the Jungle Cruise!

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Only available at Aulani DVC.

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Stitch enjoying some Dole Whip too!

Aulani Ears

Minnie Aulani Ears

 

Pin Trading at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti.

Wondering where to pin trade at Disney’s Aulani Resort?

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Pin trading board and you can still trade vinylmations here!

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Guess which vinyl I traded for????

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Having a look at the pin book this morning.

There are five different locations at the resort that have Disney pin boards for you to check out and pin trade with if you see something you like.

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Duffy and Shelly Mae are really big here, especially with the Japanese guests.

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Had to buy these pins!!!!!!!! ❤

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Only available at Aulani DVC.

Just ask to see the books at the Concierge Desk, the DVC Preview Center, the Lava Shack (near the pool), Aunty’s Beach House, and Kalepa (one of the gift shops at the resort).

The best pins are at the DVC Preview Center.  There, three different cast members wear pin lanyards and they refresh their pins often.

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LE Moana pin.

The resort carries unique, limited edition Aulani pins you can only get at the hotel itself.  Kalepa Gift Shop always has a nice selection of special Hawaiian pins.

hawaii2Another location to get Disney Hawaiian pins is at the Disney Store in the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.  This Disney Store has unique Hawaiian pins for sale from $8.99-$20.  Currently, the cast members aren’t trading pins with guests, but you never know when that will change, so always have a few traders with you.  The Twice Upon a Year Sale is happening there now.

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Celebrating Dole Whip!

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Aloha, Island friends!

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Aloha!

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Our Dole Whip with chunks of fresh pineapple. So good! – at the Dole Plantation

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Moana

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney’s Aulani Resort

Moana, Disney’s Polynesian Princess

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Disney’s newest princess, Moana!

We saw Moana on opening day (11/23/2016) and LOVED it!  Great story, great music!

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Opening day at AMC.

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New Moana pin!

September 15, 2106:  New movie trailer was released today for Moana!   Watch it here:  Moana Movie Trailer

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Watch the first movie trailer for Moana here:  Disney’s Moana

moana1Moana will be released November 23, 2016.  It looks really good!

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This movie is going to make us want to go to Hawaii even more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Princess Moana

Princess Moana

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She is so pretty!!!

IT’S OFFICIAL: After months and months of worldwide casting calls, we’ve finally found our next Walt Disney Animation Studios Princess… #MOANA.

We’re pumped to welcome 14yr old Auli’i Cravalho of Mililani, Hawaii to our project. What’s amazing about this story is that she didn’t think she was good enough so she never auditioned. Fortunately, one of our Oahu casting agents discovered her singing at a charity competition and the rest is history.

An awesome lesson to all young kids out there… work hard, have confidence in yourselves and never think you’re not good enough because you never know what the future holds.

Congratulations Auli’i!  We can’t wait to work with you and watch you bring this new Disney Princess to life. 🙂

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This made us laugh!!  🙂

 

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Two Disney sisters

 Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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